Unholy Cult Zine (Chile)
Review will be posted soon.
Metal Maniacs - Nathan T. Birk (Apocalyptic Raidz) / Zero Tolerance Mag
Out of the blue, the A-Raidz Organization got a package from new Oz label Shadownight Records - in it, a debut MCD from Black Serpent entitled Nightside Cosmology. Read the bio, see that Jarro of Nocturnal Graves and ex-Destruktor is playing drums. Look at the liner, a "Musical Influence" list of Beherit, Sarcofago, Blasphemy, Profanatics, Bestial Warlust Sad-X, Expulser, and Celtic Frost among others. Curiosity well and fully piqued.
Put the fucker on, and it's rough 'n' ready black/death gold. And I keep putting it on, and on, and on.....
First song: slow-burn simmer to Total Rock assault to Kill 'Em All-gone-occult thrashing bordering on the bestial, but nuanced. Second song: more nuanced bestiality, more space explored, dizzying but gnarly, teasing tension and then gushing release. Next song: (deliberately?) awkward stuttering and then serpentine lust, more nuanced bestiality but abetted by awesomely harsh whispers (but not quite Drawing Down the Moon-level awesome). Last song: an instrumental track, flitting between yar-matey stein-hoist and forward-into-battle march, really rocking without being really obvious.
Final score? Next to fellow Aussies Sacriphyx, currently one of the single-best new bands drawing forth the occult aura of both BM and DM.
Rlyeh Zine, Issue"8 - Its a pure fucking killer
Ironhammer Zine (Germany) Issue# 3 Editor - Jeff
I think there's no need to tell about the excellence of Australian Metal, since there've been so many brilliant hordes from down under that contributed their own performances of Metal to the scene and enriched the extreme Metal underground with their very special Australian trademarks. When I received the first output of Black Serpent in shape of a nice layouted MCD, my expectations were obvious and I was really anxious if this peace keeps the promise it gives with several cult bands as influences in the booklet. Quite often such statements lead to frustration if the music is nothing more than a cold fart in comparison to the old idols and so a trace of scepticism was present when I threw the disc into my stereo.
But already with their first riffs, Black Serpent manifests that they are serious about their music and so a tremendous abyssic atmosphere is created with the perfect symbiosis of downtuned guitar sound, riff orientated songwriting, simple drumming and total bizzare vocals that sound like the spells of an old grey man. Continously the dark aura is maintained and the really bewitching song structures make an impression with finest tunes that remind very often on the old hellenic masters like the mighty Varathron or newer ones like Heptameron for example. But, of course, the band don't try to hide their Australian roots and show them with pride by means of savage tempo changes, breaks and typical "straight to the point" parts. So the one or the other will be remained on Nocturnal Graves (which is not so surprising because Jarro also contributed the drums for this release), Destroyer 666 and the usual patents. So in the end, we have here a new killer band that keeps the ancient beast breathing and that manages to unite skills and passion in their own performance of occult evil Metal of Death!
Old Temple Magazine (Poland) Raven
Note: Review has been translated to English from the original Polish version automatically via google. The translation to English from Polish is not fully accurate, as a result some text still appears in Polish. The error relates to translation and not review. For full version in Polish refer to: www.magazine.oldtemple.com
The envelope on the table until the sender of the far Antipodes. No good that someone is pofatygowal. I open a tu promos BLACK Serpent. The first idea what it is. I do not know what the hordes but it is a young senior, I believe if the metal-archives is in your account until both of the 2
materials 2008. Normally, freshblood on the stage. Promo contains only part of the front cover. Paper chalky professional, text, photos and stuff. Thus, to have a plus, but the time for the main course that is the music. Encyclopedia metal ( hehehe) indicates that to Black Metal. Meanwhile, I hear a Death Metal Black Metal Enriched. It is not expected at the next tworu type 666.Destroyer. Maybe in death metal is barely familiar with it but I would SATHANAS compared to the INCANTATION. This ebullient decior evil and hell rogatego odore sweat. So a young band wpasowali perfectly in my tastes. Here we have a number of patents from the devil's music family. Enforcement, it is nothing themselves. Only damn drums are too loud, but it's possible that it's my player. Guitars are tuned as the best year for Black Metal. And to this the bloody hoarse guttural vocals...miodzio hehehehe. Damn it I really like this material. Shout out to the team for their commitment and for the creation of a truly good material. This music is worth promoting. Professionalism in the look and music. And most importantly what you are proud. I am waiting now for the following materials from the team. Do not play into his countrymen and his play only for their great glory!
(Review Rating 6 / 6)
Ancient Ceremonies Zine Issue #16, Editor Nuno
"Nightside Cosmology is one of those appetizers, intense and powerful riffing, clean- raw production captures the dark spirit of this band" Nuno Santos - Ancient Ceremonies Zine
Interview and full review is available in bmp file format. Click link displayed below to download Black Serpent page from Ancient Ceremonies Zine, Issue#16
Black Serpent: ''Nightpath Watchtower'' 7'' EP - Iron Hammer Zine (Germany) Issue#3
After I enjoyed the ''Nightside Cosmology'' MCD very much, I was longing for new material of this Australian band and fortunately I quickly got this 7'' EP which was released together with the MCD in the end of last year. The release features two songs, one of them is ''Nightcult Twilight'', that also appears on the Mcd. Therefore I was particularly curious about the new song ''Serpent Gate'' that reveals another side of Black Serpent and delivers catchy, yet furious riffing and throbbing rhythms. In comparison to their other compositions, this song goes without distinctive tunes and it's created to kill fast and precise. Maybe the most Australian song of theirs so far.... But still the sombre guitar sound and the invoking vocals are retained so there's no change of style to expect. Definitely an interesting step Black Serpent did with this release and a skillful move to surprise me once again. With this kind of songwriting, the band underlines their grasp for well-built riffs and darkest, most abyssic blackened Death Metal like it can only be played down under in Australia!